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What jobs in technology are the best to get into now?

Hi! My name is Anina, and I'm a high school senior interning at Career Village. My parents are talking to my siblings a lot about what jobs to think about getting after school based on the job's security and room for quick and rapid growth. One of my younger siblings seems very interested in tech. What jobs within technology do you recommend? #technology #human-resources

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Mike’s Answer

Hello Anina -


Wow - jobs in technology are growing by the day. At Symantec, we work tirelessly to ensure the world can transact business safely and play freely in the connected world. There are people out there who seek to hack devices, ultimately seeking to steal information that for their own profit. For any company today, their people and their information are their greatest two assets. Today, informatics and analytics is becoming an important job in the technology market. It is technology that companies rely upon to make important financial decisions or to understand why consumers leverage their products. I firmly beleive that the future will be more dependent than ever on security and analytics.


These industries in particular, lack enough female candidates. I encourage you to select something in technology that brings great passion for you. For me, security is more than a job - it is a mission that I stand for. When your career is more than a job, you will love going to work every day! Best of luck to you in your choice and remember, that you are never stuck in a career. You might pick something and shift it along the way. You never stop being a student no matter what age you are or where you are in your career.

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Shawn’s Answer

Technology has so many opportunities and you want to make sure you pick an area in technology you really enjoy.
Here's the top 8 future proof tech jobs as rated by computer world:
http://www.computerworld.com/article/2885892/future-proof-your-it-career-8-tech-areas-that-will-still-be-hot-in-2020.html#slide2


Here's the Top 3
1. Programmers, security experts, cloud capacity managers
More than 90% of U.S. companies are using some form of cloud computing, according to CompTIA's most recent Trends in Cloud Computing study. Moreover, the November 2014 report found that companies are moving infrastructure or applications between private and public clouds. IT leaders predict that movement will accelerate in the future, which will generate a host of cloud-centric jobs, including cloud security.



  1. Data architects, integration experts, Hadoop pros
    Cliff Justice, leader of KPMG's Shared Services and Outsourcing Advisory practice, says organizational needs around analytics will be huge, driven partly by the sheer volume of data collected but also by the increasing number of applications (such as robotics) fueled by analytical output. As a result, companies are adding and creating IT positions to handle the work.


According to Barry Brunsman, principal in KPMG's CIO Advisory Management Consulting practice (pdf), you'll see roles like these: Data architects, who design the structure to support emerging needs; data integration engineers, who ensure that data solutions and analytics from any number of sources can be integrated; and IT planning analysts, who aggregate and analyze data from many internal and external sources to help IT know what its business partners are likely to need in the future.



  1. Hardware, software, analytics experts
    The 2014 PwC report The Wearable Future (PDF) sees a world where wearable devices will be used to train new employees, speed up the sales process, improve customer service, create hands-free guidance for workers and improve the accuracy of information collected to serve the growing analytics movement at companies everywhere.


Jack Cullen, president of IT staffing firm Modis, predicts the move to wearables could spur as much, if not more, new development as did the move to smartphones. "By the time 2020 rolls around, wearable devices could be as common as the iPhone today, and that creates all new opportunities," Cullen says.


Cullen expects that organizations of all kinds will identify workers and processes that could benefit from wearables, which it turn means IT departments will seek out technologists with the ability to deploy, manage and maintain hardware as well as experts who can develop, customize and support the applications and analytics programs that will make wearables useful within their specific organizations.

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Cj’s Answer

Hi! Technology is a great field to get into and is also an area that is constantly evolving. Right now, Big Data is really hot as well as mobile development and Java. I recommend you keep an open mind and get exposure to as many platforms and coding languages as possible to determine what you are most passionate about. Also stay curious throughout your education and beyond. Always be ready to learn a new method or language to code with.

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Kushalappa’s Answer

Engineers and other technical professionals weren't always seen as having the nation's coolest jobs. Many other professions have claimed that distinction over the past few decades, including investment bankers, airline pilots and surgeons. But those days have passed. Perhaps Steve Jobs and his legacy can take credit, but working in engineering, computer science and many other traditionally "nerdy" careers is the new rave.


"We're enjoying a true technology revolution, and techies who can lead that effort by creating and managing great software can write their own tickets," says Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com. “Software engineers are the rock stars of today's working world, and even computer systems analysts and web developers can claim some of that recognition, since the demand for IT pros is so deep.”


In fact, Software Engineers have the nation's overall best job, according to the CareerCast.com Jobs Rated report. Their pay is great, hiring demand for their skills is through the roof, and working conditions have never been better.


"The problem is that we are not producing enough computer science graduates to meet the growing global demand," says Michael Buryk, Business Development Manager at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). "Even electrical engineers, especially those who work as power engineers, are in short supply, especially given the growth in the fields of alternative energy and Smart Grid."


Petroleum engineering is another field with tremendous career opportunities, as the world's energy needs and new oil and gas exploration require the skill set that only an engineer can deliver. And that demand spans the globe, from central Pennsylvania to Saudi Arabia to Malaysia.


While the number of new computer science graduates from the nation’s colleges remained steady in recent years, overall the number of bachelor’s, masters and doctorate degrees awarded in engineering fields has steadily increased. According to the National Science Foundation, the number of engineering undergraduate degrees awarded annually in the U.S. reached 500,000 in 2009, along with 134,000 graduate degrees and 41,000 doctorates. But even this growing supply of new graduates cannot keep up with demand.


"There is currently a dearth of quality applicants in many technical fields, in addition to computer science," says Lee. "Corporate recruiters are scouring the nation's universities in search of smart engineering and IT students, and they simply can't find enough to fulfill their hiring needs. And that typically translates into those jobs being highly ranked in our report."


The Jobs Rated report measures a range of criteria to determine the top-ranked jobs, including the work environment, current hiring demand, average compensation, stress levels, the long-term career outlook and the physical effort required on the job. When measured together, they provide a clear picture of those jobs that rank higher than others in the field.


Software Engineer. Hiring Outlook: 25.02. ...
Computer Systems Analyst. Hiring Outlook: 22.58. ...
Web Developer. Hiring Outlook: 21.49. ...
Petroleum Engineer. ...
Civil Engineer. ...
Computer Programmer. ...
Technical Writer. ...
Nuclear Engineer.

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Thomas’s Answer

Technology is a very fast moving environment and I believe that all technology is and will underpin all industries. As we move to a more connected world everything from fridges, cars and electricity metres will be connected to the internet. Therefore my believe is that securing the information and data will be the biggest area of growth for the future. Good luck and have fun doing it!

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Monisha’s Answer

As per present fast advancements in technology there are no guarantees about how any particular tech or invention may be taken down by newer and better versions. One field that would probably not see this trend would be automation industry.

It basically means you provide a automation solution to work that was done manually otherwise.

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Simeon’s Answer

Besides career fields like coding, IT security, and web development, I'd also say to look at technical careers within marketing. Marketing is also a fast growing field like tech jobs and there is a comfy overlap between the two where marketing is starting to be data driven. There's a great need for data analysts out there.
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Roohan’s Answer

There are plenty of jobs but the most important part is to find your interest.
You should look into programming, networking, machine learning/AI and others, and which ever field you are interested in, you should plan to go with that. This way you will always enjoy and love the work that you do.
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Ravi’s Answer

Hi,
Everything depends on interest where you need to move in.
But as per today's scenario people are moving towards automation so below are the top high paid & learning jobs.

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Engineer.
Data Scientist.
Information Security Analyst.
Software Engineer.
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